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A Latina Created A Line Of Selena Sunglasses And Is Donating A Portion Of Proceeds To Help Migrant Children

For some people a pair of sunglasses are just a simple accessory one wears to complete an outfit. Yet Priscilla Manzo sees them as something much more influential and, in this case, an accessory that is making a difference. Manzo is the public relations manager at Topfoxx, a New York City-based sunglasses start-up, and a proud first-generation American whose father is Mexican-born. It’s a label she never forgets and has found a way to honor and represent her cultural background with a line of sunglasses. Say hello to the Selena Collection from Topfoxx, a new line of sunglasses. Fifteen percent of the proceeds from each purchase goes directly toward helping children in immigration shelters.

Priscilla Manzo moved across the country to New York City to follow her fashion dreams.

Manzo was born and raised in Fontana, California but moved over 2,000 miles to New York City when she started college. She juggled multiple internships, studied abroad and worked with impoverished Latin communities while in school. This all landed her a job as a public relations manager at Topfoxx, where she is able to work on various styles and types of sunglasses as well as create online graphics and content.

When Helen Getts, Creative Director at Topfoxx, was working on a pair of designs she tried them out on Manzo and instantly knew she had to dedicate the sunglasses to her.

“She thought they looked great on me but more than anything she was inspired by my background and upbringing,” Manzo said. “Not your average girl was our company slogan and we wanted these sunglasses to represent that.”

Manzo created the sunglasses as a way to pay tribute to her Latina background and help children in immigration detention centers.

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Growing up Manzo saw poverty in different communities especially Latino ones near her hometown. While attending college she would offer her time up to volunteer and help at soup kitchens.

“I was so fortunate growing up and always wanted to give back,” Manzo said. “Having a background in community service, I wanted to incorporate charity into this project.”

That’s why Manzo teamed up with Project Paz, a NYC non-profit that works to help Latino children in the U.S. and Mexico. Fifteen percent of all proceeds from each purchase goes towards helping children that were separated from their parents at the border. She says her Mexican-born father and Latina background was a big reason she chose the charity.

“When my dad came into the U.S. when he was younger he had to cross the border. It made me reflect and what if that were me. What if he got caught? I wouldn’t be here today and my life would be completely different,” Manzo said. “I know we are a small brand but we wanted to give back in any way we could.”

She named the sunglasses after Selena Quintanilla because of what her name and image represents for Latina empowerment.

CREDIT: CREDIT: Topfoxx

When Manzo and Getts brainstormed a name for the collection they were looking for something that would instantly be recognizable with woman empowerment and Latina culture. Manzo recalls how much of an impact Selena Quintanilla, the Queen of Tejano music, had on her growing up and how she is a role-model to so many young girls. That’s why naming the sunglasses collection after her was a no-brainer.

“When we looked for a name I wanted it to be a powerful women and I thought why not Selena,” Manzo said. “I listened to her music and her movie all the time growing up. She’s not even with us but she’s still such a force in the Latino community.”

The sunglasses have been a huge success and are hopefully just a start of more similar projects.

While the collection is limited edition, the cause is just the beginning. Manzo and Topfoxx are planning to create more projects similar to the Selena Collection that will show woman empowerment and give back to the community. Topfoxx is one of the very few only woman-owned brands and Manzo expects them team up with women charities in the near future.

For Manzo, the collection is a dream come true but it wouldn’t be possible without her sharing her story and putting the time in. She says any Latina that is willing to share her story is helping create conversation and that is more important than any accessory.

“It may be scary to share your story but its important to create these conversations now more than ever,” Manzo said. “I hope this collection touches a community and inspires the next girl to be bold and more importantly be themselves.”

You can purchase the Selena sunglasses on the Topfoxx website. They are a limited-time product and come in four colors — black, blue, silver, and rose gold.


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Google Is Pledging $250K To Help With DACA Applications And Renewals

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Google Is Pledging $250K To Help With DACA Applications And Renewals

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is not a contentious topic among Americans. The program offers young adults who entered the U.S. as children relief from deportation and a chance to live out of the shadows. Now that it has been reinstated, Google wants to help some people achieve the dream of being a DACA recipient.

Google is pledging a quarter of a million dollars to help people apply for DACA.

The Trump administration did everything in their power to end DACA. The constant uncertainty has left hundreds of thousands of young people in limbo. The war waged against Dreamers by the Trump administration came to a temporary end when a federal judge ruled that Chad Wolf was illegally installed as the head of the Department of Homeland Security. It invalidated a member from Wolf stating that no new DACA applications would be approved.

Kent Walker, the SVP of Global Affairs, laid out the case for DACA in an essay.

Walker discusses the uncertainty the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients currently face after the tumultuous time for the program. He also touches on the economic hardships that has befallen so many because of the pandemic. With so many people out of work, some Dreamers do not have the money to apply or renew their DACA due to a lack of financial resources. For that reason, Google is getting involved.

“We want to do our part, so Google.org is making a $250,000 grant to United We Dream to cover the DACA application fees of over 500 Dreamers,” writes Walker. “This grant builds on over $35 million in support that Google.org and Google employees have contributed over the years to support immigrants and refugees worldwide, including more than $1 million from Googlers and Google.org specifically supporting DACA and domestic immigration efforts through employee giving campaigns led by HOLA (Google’s Latino Employee Resource Group).”

People are celebrating Google for their decision but are calling on Congress to do more.

Congress will ultimately have to decide on what to do for the Dreamers. There has been growing pressure from both sides of the aisle calling on Congress to work towards granting them citizenship. DACA is a risk of being dismantled at any moment. It is up to Congress to come through and deliver a bill to fix the issue once and for all.

“We know this is only a temporary solution. We need legislation that not only protects Dreamers, but also delivers other much-needed reforms,” writes Walker. “We will support efforts by the new Congress and incoming Administration to pass comprehensive immigration reform that improves employment-based visa programs that enhance American competitiveness, gives greater assurance to immigrant workers and employers, and promotes better and more humane immigration processing and border security practices.”

READ: New DACA Applications Were Processed At The End Of 2020 For The First Time In Years

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Fans Think This Photo Of Barbie Is Proof She’s An Out And Proud Lesbian

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Fans Think This Photo Of Barbie Is Proof She’s An Out And Proud Lesbian

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The fact that the early days of Barbie were not quite so inclusive to all of us comes as no surprise. The blonde, impossibly figured doll with a penchant for similar-looking friends is a far cry away from the Barbie of today who has friends of all shapes, races, sizes, sexual identities, and abilities. Even better, today’s Barbie crew includes dolls who give queer children a broader playgound for their imagination.

Recently, Barbie has added a new addition to her friend group whose bringing more power to her LGTBQ fans.

Social media has dubbed the LGBTQ positive Aimee Song doll Barbie‘s girlfriend.

Twitter’s latest excitement is about a theory that Barbie and Aimee Song are dating. Photos of Mattel’s doll Aimee Song doll show her wearing a “Love Wins” T-shirt that supports LGBTQ+ rights. The Mattel doll was inspired by fashion blogger Aimee Song and recently caught renewed attention in a viral post shared to Twitter.

The “Love Wins” photos are only now going viral but were actually released in November 2017.

The photos of Barbie and the Aimee doll were shared to Twitter last Monday by user @kissevermore and now has Twitter debating whether the two are dating.

The pictures of Barbie and Aimee show the two dolls eating avocado toast. petting a dog, and smiling at each other. The images have fans questioning when Barbie came out and how she managed to nail a hot girlfriend before they did.

Even REAL Aimee Song weighed in on the images to confirm the relationship.

“I am the girlfriend,” she tweeted with a photo of herself and the Aimee Song doll. 

While Mattel has yet to officially identify Barbie as a lesbian, the original Instagram posts related to the Love Wins Barbies are proof that she is at least an ally.

Confirmed or not, true or not, one of the best parts of Barbie is that she is meant to be whoever her fans want her to be.

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